Club Statement

After a very up and down season, both on and off the pitch, the club can confirm that first team manager Paul McCarthy will be stepping aside from his current position. This wasn’t an immediate decision with several meetings held to discuss the direction of the club, and where Macca sees himself over the next year and beyond.

Following these discussions, it was mutually agreed that in the interests of both parties Macca will move aside as the first team manager. He has a lot of options open to him in terms of what he wants to do next season, both at Ashford and away from the club. There are also a lot of things happening within the club, and those need to be directed accordingly.

We would like to say that these were not easy discussions, but everyone was honest and open about what they want to achieve, and the options for the new season ahead. Paul has been a huge asset to the club over many years. As a player and manager, and is revered around the RPS as a true club man. He stepped in at a very low time and helped steady the ship. For all his hard work and dedication to the club we are extremely grateful.

Chairman Nick Bailey had this to say when discussing the decision:

“This has been a really hard situation as Macca is not just the manager, but also a very close friend. Over the years he has given everything to our club. First as a player, and now as manager. Having discussions with him on where we were looking to go as well as asking him what he wanted going forward was tough. We were all very open and honest which certainly brought about the best conclusion for everyone. I know that Macca has choices ahead of him for the future, and lots of options. Whether that sees him stay with us in another capacity, or move elsewhere, he will always be a part of Ashford Town, and has our full support. As I am sure he has our back as well.”

We are sure that you will all join us in thanking Macca for all his work and dedication to the club, and wish him nothing but the best in whatever he chooses to do next.

A further update on this and the managers position will be made in due course.